Category: Crossfields News

May update from Lou Doliczny

Warm greetings from all at Crossfields Institute. We hope that you and your family are safe and well in this unprecedented time. We have certainly felt the effects of the coronavirus crisis here at Crossfields, but we have also been impressed and heartened by the resilience of our affiliates, centres and learners. Indeed, the crisis appears to have had a galvanising effect in some cases and we are seeing new projects and initiatives emerging.

Before explaining more, I should perhaps begin by announcing that I have now been confirmed by trustees in the role of Executive Director and have taken over the leadership of the Institute.  We have chosen to furlough some staff, but the rest of us are still working with energy and commitment, including Charlotte who continues to be director of our subsidiary company, Crossfields Europa.  Her heart remains firmly with us as she continues to lead on Consulting and feed into other important Institute-wide projects.

Just to give a flavour of the work we are engaged in:

    • Our HE programmes are progressing well with students close to graduating in both Agroecology and Reflective Social Practice.
    • Our third cohort of students studying the Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education are also being supported in their remote learning, with our experience with online learning coming into its own at this time.
    • The move towards online is also evident in the Awarding part of the Institute where we are supporting many centres to move their delivery and assessment online while still retaining the essence of a Crossfields educational approach.

So, the message is that we remain very much active and alive! We have been delighted to agree several new collaborations in recent weeks, including the development of a regulated qualification in forest gardening, a commitment to a second year of support for a school and a new long-term contract to advise an international education movement as they bring their inspiring integrative vision to life.

All these projects mean that we are able to continue to operate, but we also want to be able to expand our work and fulfill our charitable objectives.  I would like to do more to support other charities in their educational initiatives.  One such example is very local to us – a group of Stroud parents and educationalists are working to set up a Homeschool hub which may offer our integrative education qualifications to 14-16 year olds.  We are looking at ways to raise funds with them and would welcome any contacts, advice or indeed offers of support in the coming weeks.

After the successful response to our small-scale fundraising appeal in March, I know that there is a desire to support our work.  Indeed, I feel that there is an even stronger urge to explore educational alternatives and promote a more sustainable world view at this time.  If you would like to support us in this work, either as a one-off or as a monthly donation, then please visit our website and click the ‘donate now’ button.  Your donation would help us to spread our educational approach more widely and provide valuable support to other charities.

I very much hope that you are also able to sustain yourselves and your organisation in this time of challenge and opportunity.  Do stay in touch with us and let us know if we can be of any assistance in your educational endeavours.

With my best wishes to you all,

Lou

Lou Doliczny Bsc QTS
Executive Director

New Philosophy and Practice of Integrated Education qualification launched

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce the launch of

Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma in the Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education

This qualification is open for registrations from Wednesday 4th March 2020

The qualification was developed in response to the major social, environmental and technological changes that are being experienced globally, and the changing skills and competences that young people need. As a response to these challenges, many educators are now experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning with the aim of nurturing capacities such as creative thinking, empathy, resilience and resourcefulness. This qualification invites teachers and school leaders onto a journey of creative exploration that can serve as a catalyst for positive change within their own thinking and within their practice as educators.

Crossfields Learning is passionate about education in all its forms, and has a vision to inspire, innovate and initiate positive social change towards a better world for all. They design and deliver workshops, short courses, conferences, in-service training and specialist higher education programmes within the UK and around the world.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

New Equine Facilitated Learning qualification launched

Crossfields Institute and LEAP Equine are delighted to announce the launch of

Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning: the LEAP method

This qualification is open for registrations from Monday 2nd March 2020

This Crossfields Institute qualification was created in collaboration with LEAP Equine in order to bring professional standards into a fast growing and as yet unregulated field. The qualification emphasises the development of maturity, self-awareness, authenticity, safe and ethical practice.

    • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact LEAP Equine on 0776 0776 500 or at info@leapequine.com
    • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact the Crossfields Institute Quality Team qualityassurance@crossfieldsinstitute.com 01453 808118

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

LEAP Equine’s aim is to provide safe and healing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) for individuals and groups, and to provide high quality, professional training for those who wish to become EFP/L practitioners.

Crossfields Consulting Launches New Workshops

For over a decade, we have helped businesses, charities, schools, colleges, universities and communities strategise, innovate and transform. We are delighted to offer the following new workshops to organisations that are ready for change –

    1. Working with uncertainty and complexity in the workplace
    2. Care, creativity and courage in the workplace
    3. Creating a culture of effective and creative client facing work
    4. Developing self and others in the workplace
    5. Performance and development reviews that make a difference
    6. Competent moment-to-moment facilitation and leadership in the workplace
    7. How to hold a meeting that matters
    8. The Art and Craft of Delegation

Each workshops can be delivered on location for smaller or larger teams. Duration and details can be customised to meet the needs of the individual organisation or team.

Contact us for more information and to speak to our expert faculty.

January 24-25 2020 Launch of New Educational Leadership Programme

Managing change and complexity is one of the most frequent issues facing leaders, managers and their organisations today. How do we navigate confidently and competently in this climate of moving goalposts, environmental, social, political and financial challenges and intensifying compliance demands? How do we balance these issues with the need to maintain focus on those we aim to serve and the vision we hope to realise for a better world?

Crossfields Learning has launched a new Educational Leadership Programme with the senior leadership team of a large UK independent school with a vision. Committed to meeting the emerging needs of the school, the programme is customised and consists of a series of workshops, all certified and delivered over a period of 6 months.

For more information, contact Crossfields Learning.

Biodynamic Agriculture Training Week at Emerson College

Crossfields Institute International provided a training week for lecturers from Bulgaria in how to teach biodynamic agriculture and manage university level education. The training was held at Emerson College allowing us to visit two well established biodynamic farms and call on the expertise of experienced farmers to help Crossfields’ staff deliver the training. The lively students, the wealth of resources in the area and the fine, though windy, weather made for a rich and rewarding week.

New publication from Isis Brook

Isis has a new publication out in the highly ranked international journal Environmental Values. It is about the tension between retaining culturally rich traditional farming landscapes or re-wilding to increase self-sustaining biological diversity and space for unrestrained nature. The full details are:
Brook, I. 2018 ‘Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: applying responsive cohesion to a current problem situation’ in Environmental Values Vol. 27:4, pp. 427-447.

Launch of a new self-regulated qualification in Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology

We are proud to announce the launch of a new customised qualification: the Crossfields Institute Level 6 Diploma in the IFEEL Method of Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology (SRQ). It is designed for those wishing to professionally engage with equine facilitated sessions in an individual and group context in human development and psychotraumatology. This programme is delivered by IFEAL Qualifications and awarded by Crossfields Institute.

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New regulated qualification in therapeutic work with children and young people

Crossfields Institute and The Mulberry Bush are delighted to announce the launch of a new Ofqual regulated qualification.

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with
Children and Young People
is now open for registrations.

Individuals working across the childcare sector, whether in education, health or social care, often have to organise, lead and manage group activities and sessions with children and young people. In order to do this, they will need to develop skills which allow them to run group sessions in an
empathetic and therapeutic way to enable the group sessions to run effectively.

This qualification enables individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to run therapeutic group sessions with children and young people in an effective way.

The Mulberry Bush is a not-for-profit charity consisting of The Mulberry Bush School, a non-maintained residential special school with a three-year programme which runs for 38-weeks a year, working with vulnerable and severely traumatised primary aged children and their families from across England and Wales, The Mulberry Bush Outreach, our outreach and training department, our Research and Development department and The International Centre for Therapeutic Care.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development niche qualifications for providers with a particular vision or
ethos

  • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact
    Kathy Smith, Outreach Administrator, 01865 594700 ext 26
  • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact the Crossfields
    Institute Responsible Officer alison@crossfieldsinstitute.com 01453808118